He was quite well placed:
Iranian-born Daniel James is in prison facing trial under the Official Secrets Act for allegedly communicating information “useful to the enemy”.
The 44-year-old corporal acted as interpreter for Lt General David Richards, head of Nato’s security force in Afghanistan and one of the country’s most senior army officers.
Cpl James, who appeared at Westminster magistrates’ court in London on Wednesday, speaks fluent Pashtun – the language of most Afghans.
The Globe and Mail has more on Cpl. James:
Cpl. James was born and grew up in Iran and speaks fluent Farsi, Dari and Persian. He came to Britain from Iran after the 1979 revolution and changed his name from Esmail (Essi) Gamasai. Until recently, he ran a salsa-dancing nightclub in Brighton when not on military duty, news reports said. The muscular soldier ran the venue, Club New York, in a disused church and was known to patrons who attended salsa evenings as Danny J.
The Evening Standard reported yesterday that Cpl. James was an experienced non-commissioned officer and Territorial Army infantryman with more than 10 years of service, and that he was tried and trusted, having worked closely with the Intelligence Corps that provides information for, among others, British Special Forces. He had been security vetted — and cleared.
One clue that he might have been doing a bit of work on the side:
But details emerged later and it was revealed that he lived in an £800,000 house in Brighton.
The website for his Salsa club is offline. A look at the Wayback machine reveals a few years worth of really bad web design but little information.